Book Review of The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

Posted May 6, 2013 by Kara in Kara / 20 Comments

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 30th, 2013
Pages: 446
Genre: Young Adult-Dystopian, Paranormal
Series: Blood of Eden #2
Source: NetGalley

Description from GoodreadsAllison Sekemoto has vowed to rescue her creator, Kanin, who is being held hostage and tortured by the psychotic vampire Sarren. The call of blood leads her back to the beginning—New Covington and the Fringe, and a vampire prince who wants her dead yet may become her wary ally.

Even as Allie faces shocking revelations and heartbreak like she’s never known, a new strain of the Red Lung virus that decimated humanity is rising to threaten human and vampire alike.

Ummm, yup. I adored The Eternity Cure. It’s a 5 star review, so what do you say? There is gushing, gushing, and more gushing, but it’s hard for me to be critical when there is absolutely nothing to be critical about. I can tell you a few interesting tidbits about my reading experience with this book and the first book in the series, and then I am going to express my feelings with a few GIFs and wrap this up quickly. I don’t do 5 star reviews well, and that’s that. 

To be completely honest, I didn’t love The Immortal Rules all that much. It was just a very average reading experience for me. I do really like Julie Kagawa’s writing style, but her plots have never really impressed me all that much. I didn’t like Allison a whole lot in book one, so going into reading book two, I expected more of the same, but I decided to read it anyway because I like The Immortal Rules enough to continue on and I really did want to know what happened. Rarely though does a second book in a series get any better for a reader, but in this case, I was blown away. For whatever reason (not that it matters), I really became a fan of Allison. I remember only liking Kanin when I read the first book. Well. Now I kind of love ALL the characters. 

The plot is super exciting. It may start out a little slow for some, but the writing is fantastic, so the slow pacing didn’t bother me in the least. It picks up quickly though and once it does, there is no slowing down. Technically, there is nothing else to criticize, and looking back at my other 5 star ratings this year (there are only 6), this may be my favorite book of the year so far. All that there really is left to talk about is the way the book made me feel. And since I promised you GIFs…

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I think it is, because I fell in love with this book. It was pure book lust. It made me feel every emotion there was to feel. Except maybe humor. This book wasn’t funny. It was fucking terrifying in places. Mole people? Sarren?

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In fact, it was so damn awesome and mentally exhausting, and I cried so freaking much over that brutal ending (Julie Kagawa is a demon like her characters), that after I was done…

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Yeah, just read it. There are not enough GIFs or words in the English language to express these emotions. Maybe in Japanese. No, probably not even in Japanese.

5/5 Dragons
It’s only 8.57 on Amazon to pre-order it. Trust me when I say that is a STEAL. It’s worth every penny and then some. And if you have not yet started this series, you can purchase The Immortal Rules for $7.39.

The book trailer is down below and I really like it. It’s spoiler free, in my opinion, so feel free to watch!

20 responses to “Book Review of The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa

  1. Amy

    I loved this too!! I really liked the first one, but this just blew my mind. OMG that ending!! I was a sobbing mess. I was actually out back reading and my neighbor came home and was like, “What’s wrong?” and I was like, “This book!! OMG it’s brutal! I love it!!” Haha!!! Goodness there was some major creepiness to it too. I thought much more than the first. I really loved the characters in this too. Fabulous review!! Love the gifs! The first one totally was me after finishing the book.

    • A lot of people didn’t like the ending, which I guess I understand. But this book just sucked me in and I couldn’t put it down and that’s what I need to award 5 stars.

      LOL I wonder what your neighbor thought after seeing that!

      And thank you.

  2. Ha, wow. We had such a different experience with this book! The problem may be that I liked Allie in the first book, when she was all dark and angsty. Now she’s all sweet and kum ba yah, and I’m like UGH go away. lol.

    I did think parts were funny. Like Jackal. He was the saving grace of this book for me. Haha.

    • You did, I know! But your points make sense even if I feel differently about them. I just see Allie as this tortured character who is unable to accept her true nature yet. I don’t suspect that she will end up with a human at the end of the series.

      Jackal was definitely the perfect anti-hero. I liked him but he is not a favorite yet.

  3. Like you, I found The Immortal rules to be just average, but Kagawa’s writing never works for me and I really HATED Zeke – who I know everyone loved. Clearly, this one just won’t work for me, but I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Kara! Great review!(:

    • Thank you. Her writing is actually starting to grow on me. I’m still not a huge fan though. It takes more than one book for me to fangirl. The Iron King was just decent for me. I will have to see how the rest of her books go.

  4. Bahhaaha I love the gifs!!! I’ve been wanting to read the first of the series but all the meh reviews kind of made me think I wouldn’t like it. Jenni says all t hey do is walk? Boringness. Slow doesn’t always bother me, but Boring and Slow are not the same so if there’s enough meat to the storytelling to keep me interested I can really enjoy slow paced books! Anyways so it’s good to know that the sequel is SO much better and wow it sounds awesome. Plus your picky with your ratings so if this is a 5, and those gifs are any signs, I guess I have to get on this bandwagon, eh? Join all the cool people!

    • They do walk a lot in the first book. But there is still other stuff that goes on. I think you might like it but I’m not sure. And LOL I don’t know if I would call me cool, but I’ll take it!

  5. So glad that you enjoyed this Kara! The slow pacing at the beginning threw me off because I thought it would be quick as a whip right from the start but I got right into it. Sarren was one creepy bastard. I love him.

  6. OK! Your review has me so effing excited! You know why? Because I wasn’t a huge fan of the first book either. I was actually bored for much of it. I bought the sequel this past week because the finished copy is way too pretty to NOT have on my shelf and now I have hopes that it will actually serve a purpose in my life! I can’t wait to get to this one because a 5 star from you is HUGE!

  7. Okay, you have me really excited to start this series. Hearing that you didn’t love the first book and you don’t give away 5 stars easily is a definitely huge selling point. I need to stop sitting on my copy of the first book and give these a read. 🙂

  8. I think this was a great 5-star review 🙂 Loved the super appropriate gifs! For me, a series where the second book was insanely better is the Lunar Chronicles-Scarlet > Cinder IMHO.

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